May 10 2015

by Heidi Leon Monges

strawberry and basil confiture

Strawberry season in France is a thing, you know? And is a short one since it last only from (usually late) Spring to Summer. I started to spot cagettes with fresas de España in markets and supermarkets about late March, but it was just about these last weeks that we saw Gariguette strawberries from Carpentras, a french variety that, next to Mara de Bois,  are acclaimed as the favorites of frenchies. It was until then that the husband  and I got the idea to jam them.

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May 04 2015

by Heidi Leon Monges

day excursion to Morocco's windy city, Essaouira

day excursion to Morocco's windy city, Essaouira

day excursion to Morocco's windy city, Essaouira

Our goodbye week in Marrakech was a great one. We enjoyed the incomparable hospitality of La Mamounia Marrakech, shared meals and cocktails with our friends (I found the best pizza in the city!) and thanks to Moroccan Guides,  we finally visited Essaouira, a coastal city in Morocco I was impatiently dreaming to discover since day one.

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Filed under: Carnet de Voyage
Apr 22 2015

by Heidi Leon Monges

pastry master class by Chef Bailly Champion du Monde 2013

pastry master class by Chef Bailly Champion du Monde 2013

pastry master class by Chef Bailly Champion du Monde 2013

A day spent with Quentin Bailly, Pastry Chef and Champion du Monde 2013, is a well spent one. In between ganaches, mirlintons, biscuits and fond de tarts, I photographed this young (he’s just 30!) but talented Masterchef  and watched how he shares his magical wisdom; also known as technique of the art of pastry making.

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Mar 31 2015

by Heidi Leon Monges

LMP concept store vitrine

Morocco's coastal city, formerly known as Mogador

March marked our last days living in Marrakech and our move to La Côte Bleue (France). Feelings are still unsettled. With every new city we pin on our expat life map, others challenges arise. I am still struggling trying to make this place my new home, but overall life is quite pleasant over here (and to live in a home by the Mediterranean sea does help ;) ).

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